Girl guides join move to save chil­dren’s lives

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Guides throughout New Zealand will be jump­ing to cel­e­brate the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl to­mor­row – and at same time raise aware­ness about child mor­tal­ity around the world.

The United Nations de­clared Oc­to­ber 11 as the world’s first In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl and Girl­Guid­ing New Zealand, as part of the World As­so­ci­a­tion of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), are rais­ing their voices to say, ‘‘to­gether we can save chil­dren’s lives’’.

This is a key part of the Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals that were agreed to by UN mem­ber states in New York to help com­bat ex­treme poverty across the world.

On this cel­e­bra­tory day for girls, Girl­Guid­ing New Zealand is aim­ing to make a com­mit­ment to the fu­ture of chil­dren by hav- ing fun with Girl Jam, a quick and easy form of ex­er­cise and move­ment to the girls’ choice of mu­sic.

“Girl Jam aims to raise aware­ness about child poverty and re­duc­ing child mor­tal­ity,” says Girl­Guid­ing New Zealand Pres­i­dent So­nia Faulkner.

‘‘It’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for Guides of all ages to speak out, ed­u­cate and take ac­tion.’’

Pip­pins, Brown­ies, Guides and Rangers will be en­joy­ing Girl Jam any­where they choose, whether it is at a park, at a shop­ping cen­tre, at a school, or any­where that is a safe place.

As the event is be­ing held dur­ing the school hol­i­days, friends, par­ents, grand­par­ents and sib­lings have all been in­vited to join in the fun.

Videos clips of the Girl Jam will be placed on YouTube through the Girl­Guid­ing New Zealand web­site girl­guid­ing nz.org.nz.

Other in­ter­na­tional WAGGGS Global Ac­tion Theme goals in­clude erad­i­cat­ing ex­treme poverty and hunger, im­prov­ing ma­ter­nal health, com­bat­ing dis­eases, en­sur­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity and em­pow­er­ing women.

Girl­Guid­ing New Zealand is the largest fe­male-only or­gan­i­sa­tion in New Zealand and caters for girls from 5 to 18.

‘‘We help girls de­velop skills, knowl­edge, val­ues and a sense of ad­ven­ture through great learn­ing pro­grammes,’’ says So­nia.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Girl­Guid­ing NZ visit girl­guid­ingnz.org.nz.

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